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Positive EducationThe Geelong Grammar School Journey$
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Jacolyn M. Norrish

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198702580

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702580.001.0001

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Positive Purpose

Positive Purpose

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Positive Education

Jacolyn M. Norrish

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores pathways through which members of the school community of all ages are supported to experience a deep sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. The chapter outlines the benefits of altruism and community service to a healthy and flourishing life, and explores how a culture of “making a difference” has come to be a cornerstone of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School. The chapter also explores how the combination of Positive Education and the school’s strong Anglican tradition provide fertile soil for students and staff to cultivate a sense of faith and spirituality in their lives. The chapter is introduced by Professor George Vaillant, who discusses the role of values such as forgiveness, kindness, and compassion in building a fulfilling and purposeful life, where the wellbeing of others and the community is considered as important as the wellbeing of the self.

Keywords:   Positive Education, Positive Psychology, community, community service, altruism, faith, spirituality

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